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We all know people that seem to be miserable at all times. "Negative Nancy's" can be difficult to get along with. The air becomes thick around them and you find yourself becoming more tense and just overall aggravated.
They don't want to talk to you directly, so they wait until you leave the room and slip that passive Post-It note on your desk. I am certain that Post-It notes encourage the "Crabby Roads" of the World behavior. Maybe I'll just not order anymore and make people talk to one another!
These same people are so stubborn that they won't even attend a free meal. They don't want to be caught socializing with each other because they might have a good time if they participated in the conversations around the table. Do you really think that some people want to be miserable? Who wants to be miserable? or is it they just want others to be as miserable as them? Doesn't being miserable require more energy?
It appears there is always at least one in every office. Many conversations have been around the water coolers warning you that Crabby is in "one of their moods." People, life is too short to be miserable! Encourage one another not to be brought down by negative thoughts or surroundings. Don't give into the miserable behavior! Negative Nancy can meet Positive Patsy and maybe, just maybe, it will start rubbing off. Yep, I'm convinced, hide those freakin' Post-It Notes!
Barbara Streisand sings one of my favorite songs that I think of often. Just take a look at my Post-It note:
people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world,
We're children, needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside,
Acting more like children
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